Tonight, a very important panel discussion will take place that effects everyone. In this era of open government, data is critical to the promise of efficiency and transparency. But does releasing certain government-held information harm or help the public? City of Seattle leaders are pursuing a new privacy initiative that could impact everything from 911 calls to utility bills to recordings from police-worn body cameras. Plus, how are governments responding to crippling requests for vast volumes of digital data while trying to protect your privacy rights?
Joining the panel discussion are Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Councilmember; Tracy Ann Kosa, of the Seattle Privacy Coalition and a member of the city of Seattle Privacy Advisory Committee; Mike Wagers, chief operating officer for the Seattle Police Department; and Nourisha Wells, chair of the city of Seattle’s Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board.
The program will be broadcast live on Seattle Channel cable 21 (HD on Comcast 321 and Wave 721) and online at seattlechannel.org. Join the conversation in person or online, where you can take part in polls and voice your opinion via social media and e-mail. #SeattleSpeaks
Admission to Seattle Speaks is free, but advance registration is required. Register and take the pre-show poll at www.seattlecityclub.org or call (206) 682-7395. Doors open at 6 p.m. with audience instructions at 6:30 p.m. and the live televised program at 7 p.m.